Rays vs. Astros: ALCS Game 5 live stream, TV channel, prediction, odds, watch MLB playoffs online

The American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays continues Thursday with Game 5, thanks to the Astros extending the series with their Game 4 victory. The Rays are still in the proverbial driver’s seat here, holding a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. 

Let’s check out the pertinent details for Game 5.

How to watch

Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 | Time: 5;07 p.m. ET

Location: Petco Park (San Diego)

TV: TBS | Stream: TBS app

Odds: TBD

Pitchers: TBD vs. TBD

Follow: CBS Sports App    


The Rays were in control throughout most of the first three games of the series, but in Game 4, the Astros finally responded. A Randy Arozarena two-run shot tied the game, but the Astros jumped right back with a two-run homer from George Springer. They held on, even despite a Rays’ rally in the ninth. The Rays are still fully in control of this series, needing to win just one of the final three games of the seven-game set. 

After Game 4, the Rays said they were still deciding on a Game 5 starter. The guess here is it’ll be lefty Josh Fleming. He was 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings in the regular season. He’s on the ALCS roster but hasn’t been used yet this postseason. They can have a short leash and their big-time relievers aren’t really overworked. 

As for the Astros, we don’t even have a guess. It looks like a bullpen game. Dusty Baker said after Game 4 that the Game 5 starter will not be Framber Valdez or Lance McCullers


The Astros’ pitching is really up against it. The team did well to get out of this series without a sweep, but they really needed to grab one of the first three games to have a shot in this series. The Rays close it down. 


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